There’s a massive Banksy exhibit in Toronto on right now called ‘The Art of Banksy’ so we went along to check it out. There’s been a bit of an uproar and misconception about this exhibit – that Banksy’s work should be free for everyone to enjoy, it belongs on the street, Banksy didn’t make any money from his works…etc. While it’s not how Banksy typically likes to showcase his art, every piece in this exhibit has been sold by Banksy to private collectors through his authentication company ‘Pest Control’. The exhibit is curated by Banksy’s former manager Steve Lazarides, so there are some interesting tidbits and video interviews about working together.
The exhibit is a little pricey – we got them early at $32 per adult, now they cost $43.05, but it’s interesting and a good way to spend a couple of hours. It’s in a massive warehouse which can get hot – so choose the time of day carefully and avoid going on a 30°C day! You can choose either a timed or General Admission ticket: timed tickets will always get priority. It wasn’t too busy when we went on a Sunday afternoon so it didn’t make any difference for us.
It was interesting to hear about some of the Banksy history and stories behind his artwork. It didn’t get too crowded so we were able to enjoy the art and take our time – there are 80 works on display!
Some of the works are pretty massive and awesome to look at, but like all of Banksy’s work they’re there to make you think. Some are quite heavy, others have that Banksy brand of humour. And so much of it is sadly still relevant today, especially with what’s happening in the world right now.
At the end of the exhibit you… exit through the gift shop! It’s obviously super commercialised, but it’s still a fun and enjoyable day out. The Art of Banksy runs until 11 July – you can purchase tickets here.